Education and Innovation

Mission: Our mission is to lead by example through collaborative partnerships with existing educational entities to erase the opportunity gap. We will employ research-based practices that are non-biased, equitable, and make use of traditional ways resulting in educational settings that support the development of Native youth, knowing that what works for Native youth will support all students in a diverse educational setting.

Vision: Our vision is to work alongside tribal leaders and elders to restore educational practices to include Native culture, history, and language resulting in highly rigorous, culturally responsive, and historically accurate programs in which our Native youth thrive. As a division of Tulalip Youth Services, our purpose is to ensure that all educational resources provided by the Tulalip Tribes, the State of Washington, and the Federal Government are used efficiently and effectively in service of educating future leaders who will carry this work forward for generations to come.

  • Advocate for legal and governance changes that result in equitable learning settings for all students.
  • Educate others on legal and governance changes that are specific to Native students’ rights.
  • Participate in state level work related to any of the education support provided by Tulalip Tribes, including but not limited to: IPEL (DEL), Tribal Congress, Equity Initiatives, Social Emotional Learning Subgroup, and state mandated curriculum Since Time Immemorial (STI).
  • Network with surrounding districts and other education related agencies regarding technical and cultural support related to implementation of state mandated curriculum, STI.
  • Act as a resource to educational agencies regarding Tulalip Tribal history, culture, and language by connecting them to the appropriate departments within the tribe.
  • Provide tribal consultation with the Marysville School District, as well as with any other district serving Tulalip Tribal students at their request.
  • Work in partnership with other Tulalip Tribal youth departments to align and support implementation of educational resources provided by the Tulalip Tribes.
  • Identify and support the grant writing and private foundation funding of initiatives that support Native youth.
  • Network and serve on other agency boards related to youth and education.
  • Review educational materials for accuracy, bias, and culturally responsive methods of instruction.
  • Co-design a data dashboard that will allow analysis of tribal student data to ensure that strategies used within tribal resources and in other educational settings are achieving the desired results of closing the opportunity gap.
  • Monitor the growth, achievement, and connectedness of Native students in meeting their desired educational goals.
  • Engage the Tulalip Tribal community in a co-design model to drive the vision for the Native Compact School.
  • Develop and plan for all aspects of the Native Compact School, with a desired opening date for kindergarten in the Fall of 2020.